Today I heard this segment on NPR about Ibram X. Kendis' new book, How To Be An Antiracist:
It resonated with me, largely because, 1. words and definitions are important to me, and 2. I've been open with others for several years now about the racism that was societally imbued within me, that I've consciously been trying to change. In both my work as a therapist and in my personal life, it is crucial to me to acknowledge the colorism and anti-blackness that pervades our world, and validate my clients when they are subject to racist experiences that leave them reeling. Our identities have an impact on our health, both mental and physical. It's my job not only to validate, but also to help clients of all backgrounds to find ways to thrive.